Chestal House

7 Sep 2003
Chestal House, Dursley, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL11 5AA
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.

DURSLEY - ST 7698 6/1 Chestal House GV II

Large country house. 1848 by Lewis Vulliamy for James Phelps.

Coursed and squared limestone; ashlar dressings and chimneys; Welsh slate roof. Jacobethan. L-plan; 2-storey with attic. Two- storey north wing demolished C20. Principal (south) facade: considerable window area within symmetrical 3-window elevation.

All windows mullioned and transomed with narrow sashes, 8-light in centre; 2-storey canted flanking bay windows with parapet tops and shaped parapet gables to attic set back behind, topped by pyramidal stone finials. Continuous moulded string courses. Entrance (west) facade: asymmetrical with parapet-gabled porch having 4-centred archway and hood mould; coat-of-arms of Carpenter family over.

Gable end of south front to right with 3-light mullioned window to ground floor; pair of octagonal moulded ridge-mounted chimneys.

Left of porch 3-light to ground floor with 2-light over and further 2-light to attic under shaped parapet half gable. Elevation extends to left with single-storey block having 3-light sash under parapet gable. East elevation: asymmetrical with mullioned and transomed window to central part breaking forward with parapet gable to right and tower to left rising above roof line and terminated by square open-topped octagonal-buttressed top stage with single open round-headed arch to each face. Single-storey canted bay window with hipped roof to right of tower. Elevation continues right with 2-light mullioned upper floor sashes and single 3-light attic sash in half parapet gable. Cluster of 6 chimney stacks to right of projecting gable. North elevation: altered upon demolition of north wing but consists of various gables and stepped parapets and paired eaves-mounted chimney stacks. Interior dominated by fine staircase with pineapple finials to newel posts in octagonal-ended hall. Library has panelled ceiling and original painted and wallpaper decoration.

Gothic revival fireplaces. Contemporary sundial stands in garden to south (q.v.). Unexpectedly exotic garden buildings (see Cam CP).

(A. Best et al, An Historical Survey of Dursley, 1985; H.M.

Colvin, Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, 1978; D. Verey, Gloucestershire: The Cotswolds. 1979.)

Listing NGR: ST7637998226


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0860 IOE Records taken by Anne Griffiths; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Ms Anne Griffiths. Source: Historic England Archive

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Photographer: Griffiths, Anne

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